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to be freed
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
March 05, 2010
After spending a month
incarcerated at Masvingo remand prison on alleged charges of immigration
transgression, Gahaodus will finally get a feel of freedom after
a rescue intervention by the South African Embassy in Harare.
ROHR Zimbabwe can reliably
confirm that the South African High Commissioner in Zimbabwe has
today confirmed that one of the two detainees held at Masvingo remand
prison is indeed a South African citizen and the embassy will soon
facilitate his eventual release to South Africa after the finalization
of handover papers. The plight of the two detainees was unearthed
by ROHR Zimbabwe following a tip off which led to agitating efforts
for their release.
Despite the fact that
the Zimbabwean constitution states that a person is supposed to
be presented before a judge within reasonable time of not more than
48 hours after arrest, the future remains gloomy for Marco Paulo
Santos Oliveira (18) who was arrested together with Gahaodus. His
hopes of ending the horrific incarceration have hit a stumbling
block as South African officials could not identify him as a citizen
of South Africa in order for him to qualify for assistance from
the embassy. He is now confronted by a solitary stay in a foreign
prison without the slightest hope of when the light of freedom will
shine upon him.
Marco's only available
option is to pay US $1000 to the Zimbabwe immigration office or
risk staying in prison at the mercy of the Zimbabwean government.
Marco and Gahaodus were arrested on the 2nd of February this year
by Zimbabwean law enforcement officials for crossing over to Zimbabwe
without legal travelling documents but the two deny any involvement
in illegal activities.
ROHR Zimbabwe is appealing
to the rest of the world for anyone on information which can be
useful to identify Marco Paulo Santos's country of origin to contact
ROHR Zimbabwe through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
the ROHR fact
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